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Sephora Ad “Orange Lips” Tutorial

Here is a video of a tutorial I did based on a Sephora “Orange Lips” ad in the latest issue of InStyle magazine. I will also include a photo of the ad itself. In my March Must-Haves post I talked about some orange lip products that I got at Sephora and I thought that I need to do some kind of look with the lips so folks would know how to actually wear orange lips in real life. When I stumbled upon this ad I HAD to recreate it. They did a phenomenal job! Anyhoo, on with the show!

Here is the ad:

And here is my take:

Link to the tutorial video:

Product List:

Face:

Revlon ColorStay Foundation in “Mocha”

MAC Select Sheer Pressed Powder in “NW55”

MAC Fix+ Spray

Eyes:

Urban Decay Prep and Prime Potion

Urban Decay “Naked” Palette: “Buck” (lid and crease). “Naked” (brow bone) & “Sin” (inner corner)

Nyx Eyeliner in “Sapphire”

MAC Eyeshadow in “Contrast”

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Pencil in “Zero”

L’Oreal Bare Naturale Mascara in “Black”

MAC Retractable Brow Pencil in “Spiked”

Cheeks:

Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in “Tipsy”

Nars Illuminator in “Orgasm”

Lips: (The STARS of the show!)

Sephora Lip Rouge in R06 “It Girl”

Sephora Lip Gloss in “Shimmery Orange Juice”

March Must-Haves

Hey, y’all! I just wanted to do a follow-up blog post (with photos of swatches) to my YouTube video highlighting my absolute FAVE products for the month of March.

Here is a link to the video:

And here are the swatches:

Sephora Rouge Creme Lipstick R06 “It Girl” and Sephora Ultrashine Lipgloss “Shimmery Orange Juice”

Before Lip Color:

After Lipstick and Gloss:

Swatch:

Revlon Colorstay Foundation in “Mocha”:

Love this stuff! I bought it because I was running out of my M.A.C. Studio Sculpt Foundation and I haven’t even replaced it because I love this foundation so much!

Here is a photo of me fresh faced (YIKES!):

And after applying the Revlon foundation:

*I set this with Makeup Forever HD translucent powder since it is colorless and won’t interfere with the color of the foundation.

I was going to put the pictures for the Urban Decay Naked Palette Swatches here but I have a separate post showcasing just that palette so it seems more appropriate to put the photos in that one since previously I had no photo swatches. You can view that here.

I also have a swatch of the “Midnight Affair” polish on a polish review post located here.

Can’t really swatch the fix plus, LOL! Anyhoo, these were the products I loved for the month of March. I hope you liked it and let me know if you have used or are using any of these and you love them too. I have a few more reviews coming up soon and also a tutorial and a new edition of “The Bargain Basement”. Stick around and stay FABULOUS!!!!!!

Nail Polish Review and an Update……

Hey Everyone…..or anyone…..I am still here. I know that my blog has been collecting dust for the past few days but there is good reason. I have been really busy and just trying to sort out this whole blogging, youtube video, mom, wife, friend thing and plus I was kind of discouraged because my cameras really sucked and I just couldn’t get good photos of my work or swatches, it was a bummer. But all that has changed now because now I have a better camera courtesy of my main squeeze. So I will DEFINITELY be more vocal with reviews and hauls and tutorials. I am SUPER excited to dive right in!

Anyway, I have been on a nail polish tangent lately. I literally owned TWO before I started this blog and now I have almost 20! I have taken a few that I have picked up and swatched them on my nails as well as photographed the actual polishes themselves and I just wanted to take the time to talk about them and voice my opinion on them. There are eight shadows that I am going to be discussing and they are a follows:

Sinful Colors Professionall Nail Polish: “Let’s Meet” & “Oasis”

Let’s Meet:

This is one of those that looked pretty in the bottle but not on my finger kind of polishes. I bought these from Walgreens, they were on sale 2/$3. It is a shimmery primary yellow but it is just too sheer as you can see by how it looks on my fingernail. That was too coats and you can still see through it. It’s ok but I wasn’t impressed.

Oasis:

I LOVE this color! It a cool hot pink with a pretty pink shimmer. I have it on my toes right now but you really don’t want to see that because I am in NEED of a manicure. This is a pretty color for spring or summer, reminds of pink Easter eggs.

Revlon Nail Enamel: “Craving Coral”, “Perplex” & “Midnight Affair”

Midnight Affair:

I cannot get ENOUGH of this polish. I actually reviewed it in my March Must-Haves video on my YouTube Channel. It is such a gorgeous ink blue and it was VERY durable. You also can’t beat that I got it for $1 at Big Lots!

Perplex:

This is such a pretty dark smoky purple with a fuschia shimmer to it. The photo doesn’t really capture how pretty this is. When I tried this for the first time I was instantly hooked. And, as you can see from the sticker I so blatantly left on it, it was ONE buck! I really like this too because it is really opaque. You could technically get away with one coat although I used two.

Craving Coral:

Ok, so this is also one of those that, to me, just didn’t look as pretty on as it did in the bottle. I thought it would look more orange but it has more of a red-pink undertone and it was kind of sheer. I also purchased this one at Big Lots and when I first painted it on myself I was like “YUCK!” and just tossed it in my polish bag. For this particular photo, however, it kind of grew on me and I said to myself, “It doesn’t look as bad as I thought. I might actually like this color.” Well, no sooner had I said that to myself than me and my clumsy self DROPPED THE BOTTLE ON THE CARPET! I don’t know if you can tell from the picture but that was a full bottle of polish before I took the picture and now it is less than HALF full! Here is a picture of the damage.

*Ignore my dirty carpet, LOL!

Sephora by O.P.I. Glee Collection Nail Color: “Mash-Up”

This color is so gorgeous and unique that the photo really doesn’t do it justice. It’s even hard to describe. It’s like a silver chrome color with a purple and green kind of duo-chrome. It totally jumped out at me and I love it. It was $9 bucks but I really, still, haven’t run across a color like this. Definitely a keeper.

Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Nail Color: “Ivy League”

I like this shade. It’s not the BEST green I’ve ever seen but it’s cute. It reminds me of MAC’s “Lucky Green” eyeshadow. I think that calling it “Xtreme Wear” is a bit “Xtreme” because by the end of the day it chipped. But it’s ok, not great, but ok.

Well, anyhoo, that is all for now. I have about six other polishes to review but I will get to those some other time. I hope this is something you can take with you to the store and if you purchase any of these or have any of them let me now. I will be posting a tutorial soon and a March Must-Haves post with swatches of the products that I reviewed. I am supposed to be playing a friendly game of hoops with my friends for some exercise and I am late. Talk to you laters……

Urban Decay “Naked” Palette Review

I did it! I finally got my hands on the ever elusive Urban Decay “Naked” Palette. The Palette that flies off the shelves and vanishes from websites literally hours upon release.

 I first became interested in this palette after watching a few YouTube videos exalting the merits of this product. I thought to myself I HAVE to have it but one trip to Sephora.com and a few calls to my local Sephoras made that prospect a bleak one. They had none in stock and no idea when they would return. I signed up on the website for an email alert when the product was available, made a wish and a prayer and hoped for the best. So imagine my joy when I checked my email one morning and saw “Sephora Customer Service: UD Palette in stock” in one of the subject lines. But a sister was BROKE!

 I BEGGED my husband to give me his credit card number so I could buy it before it disappears into myth once again but he wouldn’t budge. Secretly, he was planning on buying it himself for my impending birthday later that week (did I mention I love that man?). However his plans were dashed as, within hours, the palette vanished into oblivion. I sunk in defeat as it slipped through my fingers. But I still had one hope to cling to. A quick call to Sephora Fashion Valley revealed that the palette might be in the shipment they would be receiving that Thursday morning and, if it was, they would be more than willing to hold one for me to pick up. Oh happy day!

I waited with bated breath for Thursday to arrive and called the store nearest to me (Sephora Otay Ranch) before it even opened. They had it! It was there! And they would hold one for me provided I could be in to pick it up that day. Nothing and I mean NOTHING was going to keep me from picking that palette up. Not even the fact that I got a tubal sterilization procedure that day and was doped up on a vicodin/valium/ibuprofen cocktail. I actually felt pretty stable so it was no problem for me to go there and I had a friend driving for me so I was safe.

So what was the hullabaloo about? Was the palette worth all that angst? Am I glad I captured it? ON WITH THE REVIEW:

First, let’s start with a photo:

So there it is. The packaging on the palette itself is a chocolate brown felt with gold foil lettering and inside there is a decent sized mirror. The box it came in was plastic and inside is a cardboard insert showcasing the different shadows and how they look outside the palette:

It also comes with a travel sized Urban Decay Prep and Prime Potion located to the right of the Palette in the box. Personally, I could have taken or left this item. I purchased a full size Primer Potion some years ago and just wasn’t that impressed with it. I am a DIE HARD Too Faced Shadow Insurance fan. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the stuff. But since it came in the palette I figured “What the heck? Everything deserves a second chance right?”. Well, I am happy to report that I am slowly changing my opinion on the Primer Potion. I am not as enamored with it as I am with the Shadow insurance bit it is definitely a close runner up. I am going to do a side by side comparison of the two primers soon.

So now lets open the palette and look inside. It has a magnetic closure and the mirror is located on the top flap. It contains 12 shades, color names written underneath each shade which I will outline for you from left to right. It also has a Good Karma Shadow brush which I will discuss later.

Virgin– pearlescent off-white, velvet finish

 

 

Sin- frosty light beige with a slight pink undertone, reminiscent of a champagne color

 

 

Naked– matte light brown, slightly ashen, like an ash blonde color

 

 

Sidecar– very shimmery, pale gold color with minute gold flecks

 

 

Buck- matte medium brown, with a beige undertone, not a red-brown

 

 

Half Baked– very true gold, more like a frost than a shimmer

 

 

Smog– very real bronze, metallic in finish

 

 

Dark Horse– One of my favorite colors. Looks like what you would get if you mixed dark brown, olive and grey and added a touch of gold sparkle. A very unique shade

 

 

Toasted– a frosty rose gold

 

 

Hustle– Also a personal favorite, this is a chocolate brown color with a rich, almost burgundy, undertone and a velvet finish. *In my Rick Ross voice* “EVERYDAY I’M HUSTLIN’! EVERYDAY I’M HUSTLIN’!”

 

 

Creep– off black with multicolored sparkles, another gorgeous color. I love a good, sparkly, black color.

 

 

Gunmetal– dark slate grey with a frost finish and silver sparkles.

 

Whew, that’s all of them! My hands are covered in shadow, LOL! This is definitely a must-buy and it works on so many levels for so many different skin-tones. There is literally something for everyone in this palette. From your nominal makeup wearers to the more flamboyant of us, like myself.

Now as for the brush. I have a little bit of attitude about it. The first edition of the Naked Palettes had a double-ended 24/7 liner in the shades “Zero” (black) and “Whiskey” (dark brown). Now if you know anything about the 24/7 liners they are supposed to be very good (most users swear by them) and very expensive, almost $20 a pencil. That’s crazy talk to a person who is accustomed to spending no more than $2 to $5 on a liner and that’s on a generous day. I really wanted the double ended pencil to see if they were all they were cracked up to be so you can imagine my disappointment in finding that they were absent from this edition’s release of the palette and, in place of them, was the Good Karma Brush. I mean the brush is ok but nothing noteworthy in my opinion. It is a VERY stiff medium shadow brush and I find that it works well in applying my M.A.C. reflects glitters because the bristles are so stiff that the glitter just sits right on top of them, they don’t nestle into the brush. So I am getting usage out of the brush but would have preferred the liner seeing as how if I were to go purchase both liner pencils separately, it would put me back about forty bucks. I can imagine my conversation with my husband:

 “Honey, I spent $40 today.”

“WHAT?!?!?!?!?! WHAT THE HECK DID YOU GET?”

“Two pencils…….”

O_o……..*blank stare*

So, what is my overall opinion of the palette as a whole? Is it worth the $48 price tag? My answer is an enthusiastic and an emphatic “YES!”. This has become a favorite of mine and I am constantly grabbing it when I do my makeup now. I even keep it in the original plastic box to maintain it’s look (obsessed much?).  I love it. If you can manage to catch one. by the light of the full moon, you should. It is currently sold out on the website, as I am sure it is everywhere else, but don’t let that deterr you. With a little luck and persistence anything you want can be yours, I believe that wholeheartedly. Whether it be this palette or a personal endeavor.

 At any rate I have rambled long enough. I hope this was as entertaining for you to read as it was for me to write. Until next time…….stay gorgeous and fabulous!